One person was killed while many narrowly escaped death in Moniya, Akinyele local government area of Oyo state on Friday as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) engaged a cab driver in a hot chase.
According to an eyewitness account, “We saw how the FRSC officials were pursuing the unpainted commercial car. The officials were trying to overtake the car and in the process, both of them plunged into this wide hole by the roadside.
“We were told that the FRSC was chasing the car because it was not painted the normal commercial color. The passengers in the car were shouting and pleading with the officials not to risk their lives, but they did not heed their pleas.
Several Micra drivers who were wailing uncontrollably over the reported death of their colleague identified as Akeem Ibrahim had mobilized themselves against the FRSC officials.
But the timely intervention of five Hilux police vans with scores of policemen curtailed the angry drivers.
The Oyo state police command confirmed the death of one person in the accident. Police spokesman, Olugbenga Fadeyi told Punch,
The incident happened in Akinyele local government. We gathered they had collision and both plunged into a ditch. One person, as at the time when the matter was reported, was confirmed dead.
“The hoodlums later attempted to seize the opportunity to foment trouble but the timely intervention of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, nibbed the matter in the bud.” The Public Relations Officer of FRSC, Mr. Oluwaseun Onijala could not be reached for comment as at the time of filing this report.Do you want to be the first to get these news,updates and vital info?